A highly respected Dunstable headteacher has just retired after 42 years of dedicated teaching and leadership in Bedfordshire schools.
Streetfield Middle School head Anne Phillips said goodbye at the end of term.
Past and present colleagues attended a farewell gathering, at which a beautifully inscribed piece of Welsh slate was given to the head.
On Friday, pupils gave Mrs Phillips a book of poems which they had written, and an aerial photograph on canvas, showing the school as it was in its earliest days, in 1976.
In a tribute to Mrs Phillips, colleagues said: “Through all the changes and proposed changes in local education, Anne has been and remains a fierce and loyal advocate of the three-tier system in Bedfordshire generally and in Dunstable specifically.
“After 15 years of sterling and outstanding service at Streetfield Middle School, Anne leaves a legacy of a popular, local community school where every child can and does achieve their best, where every child aspires to be the best that they can be in an atmosphere that is happy, calm, productive and where, in her words, everyone – pupils, parents, staff and governors – is ‘Working Together To Achieve Success’. A legacy to be truly proud of.”
Mrs Phillips started teaching at Arnold School, Barton, in 1971, as an environmental studies and geography teacher with responsibilities for outdoor learning – including teaching canoeing. She then joined Robert Bruce Middle School, Bedford, and went on to become deputy head. Her first headship was at Woodside Middle School, Bedford.
In 1998, she became Streetfield Middle’s head. Colleagues say: “All the pupils, staff, parents and governors wish her well and will miss her greatly.”